Formerly the KY Teen Pregnancy Coalition, the KY Youth Health Network has decided to expand their scope of work to all areas of preventative youth health behaviors. This organization, currently a 501c3, is going through a planning process to develop a new mission, purpose and strategic plan. This past Monday, I was fortunate enough to facilitate a strategic planning session with this passionate Board including representation from the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Clark County Health Department (HD), Jessamine County HD, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Kentuckiana Works, Lexington/Fayette County HD and KY River District HD - Lee County.
By the end of the day, we came up with action steps that will not only be short-term next steps, but long-term actions that will be part of a new strategic plan. We engaged in a fun activity to practice our elevator pitch which led to the development of a word cloud and we were presented with Kentucky's most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data results by Stephanie Bunge at the KY DOE. Stay tuned as this group transitions to a broader perspective on youth health and works to bring on more partners and collaborate with more organizations to create a healthier Kentucky for our adolescents!